she took his hands (Nicholas Cline) – The Crossing

The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor

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music by Nicholas Cline
words of Emma Lozano, on the arrest of Chicago activist Elvira Arellano, quoted in Washington Post article, August 21, 2007

“She took Saulito’s hands and said to him very calmly, ‘They can’t hurt us. God is protecting us. You just have to have faith and I will be fine and with you soon.'”

film by Four/Ten Media
audio by Paul Vazquez

“she took his hands” was commissioned by Donald Nally and the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University for the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble.